Renal Pathology: Kidney: Adult Polycystic Disease. Liver: Hepatic Cysts

01 August 2011

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (AD-PKD)

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A 1946 autopsy specimen from a 67 year old female admitted with loss of energy and drowsiness. On examination, she was pale with a low haemoglobin. The only abnormality on physical examination, was an enlargement of the liver, three finger breadths below the costal margin. She died shortly after admission with a rapidly rising blood urea. No symptoms were present which were directly referable to the kidneys, autopsy disclosing the renal nature of the disease.

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